Freddy Garcia v BAL (7/30) & v SEA (8/5) – He can still get Ks (7.38 per 9) and has a great team around him so he’ll win more than his fair share. Seattle can’t hit so of the two starts this week one is great. If you’re interested in protecting your ratios you may want to sit this one out but if you need counting stats Garcia looks good for 12-team and deeper formats.
Cole De Vries v CHW (7/30) & @ BOS (8/4) – Ever heard of this guy? Me neither. A 12 to 1 K/BB rate over his past three starts is interesting. He mixes four pitches and in typical Twins fashion has displayed great control over the past two seasons in the minors. I’d like to see more groundballs or a fastball in the 90s. A reasonable option in 15-team or deeper formats if you’re looking to roll the dice a bit.
A.J. Griffin v TB (7/30) & v TOR (8/4) – I don’t love these starts but dude is on a roll. He doesn’t possess any knockout skills but has a nice 3+ K/BB rate. Although FIP and xFIP say he’s in over his head I think you can ride the streak in 15-team or deeper formats.
Jeremy Hefner @ SF (7/30) & @ SD (8/4) – Hef isn’t any good but this is a nice road schedule. Real nice. His Ks are a bit low but he’s not allergic to them entirely. Maybe in 15-team leagues and absolutely start in NL-only.
Jeff Francis v STL (7/31) & v SF (8/5) – It is hard to believe, but he’s been reasonably good lately. He’ll only go 5 innings but his control has been solid. I don’t like the fact that both starts are in Coors but the Cards and Giants aren’t world beaters. Start in NL-only leagues, maybe 15-teamers.
Matt Harvey @ SF (7/31) & @ SD (8/5) – 11 Ks in his first start and two sweet matchups this week make it hard to keep him out of your lineup. His control isn’t the best so expect some bumps in the road. Start this week in all formats.
Jeff Karstens @ CHC (8/1) – Karstens has been great this season (OK, Jeff Karstens ‘great’ not Randy Johnson on steroids ‘great’) and the Cubbies are a yummy matchup. Start in 12-team or deeper formats and worth consideration even in 10-team leagues.
Blake Beavan v TOR (8/1) – 14 to 1 K/BB rate in his last 3 starts and we love guys in Seattle. You’d like a better matchup but Joey Bats is still out. Beavan has the skill set to produce a solid WHIP which comes at the expense of ERA and Ks. He’s a decent start in 15-team or deeper formats and gold in AL-only leagues.
Joe Blanton v AZ (8/3) – Blanton always screws me. That said, his 7.69 K per 9 against a 6.35 K/BB rate make me wish I never cut him. See what I mean. That’s a skill set that is starting to look, dare I say, elite. The Diamondbacks lose some steam on the road. This may be a start everywhere deal.